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The Secret History of Cofitachequi

The Secret History of Cofitachequi


You think that Cofitachequi was a town ruled by a female queen, who was visited by De Soto.  NOT!   The De Soto Chronicles provides a different version of history.  There is very little in Wikipedia or anthropological papers about Cofitachequi that jives with what is actually said about this Native town in South Carolina.  Just as in the case with “Cherokee” history,  scholars have repeatedly cited the speculations of an earlier scholar then added on on them without actually reading the De Soto Chronicles.  There is another mystery.  Cofitacheki is an easily translatable Muskogee-Creek word, except none of the academicians, who advertise themselves as experts on Creek history apparently know how to pronounce Anglicized Creek words so they can convert them to the original Creek word in the Muscogee-Creek dictionary that they don’t own.  So what in the heck is a Muskogee-Creek town doing near the Atlantic Coast of southeastern South Carolina?  To find out the answers to these questions and others that may have plagued you all your life, go to:

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Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history. Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.



    Richard, Thanks for sharing your thoughts about Creek history. Universities have a long way to go to understand Native people’s history without speaking with them before they wrote their books. A very tall people lived here in the old days that invaded the Apalachi area from the North. That’s possibly one group of the Native people from Ohio / West Virginia that got pushed into the South by the Delaware and other tribes. The town called Talimiko is likely connected to the Talligewi people as the Delaware called them of Ohio. Likely a Lakota tribe that mixed with some people that crossed from across the Atlantic.

    • Talimiko is the Itsate Creek word for a provincial capital. The northern peoples definitely did not build large mounds and there were several in both Talimiko and Cofitachequi. These people were the ancestors of the Hillabee Creeks.


        Richard, “The Castilians found the pueblo of Talomeco entirely deserted because the recent pestilence had been more severe and cruel there than in any other pueblo in the whole province, and the few Indians who escaped it had not yet been returned to their houses. Thus our men stopped only a short time in them until they came to the temple. It was large, being more than a hundred paces long and forty wide; the walls were high in keeping with the size of the room, and the roof was very high and steeply pitched, for since they did not have the invention of tiles it was necessary for them to build very steep roofs so that the rain would not come into the houses. The roof of this temple apparently was made of reeds and slender stalks of cane split in half lengthwise, from which these Indians make very nicely finished and well-woven mats similar to the Moorish mats.” That sounds a lot like the people of Peru houses: and the Apalachi/Chiska nobles houses? A mixed peoples connected to Peru. Most likely the Nobles of many Native peoples of Peru, Mexico, Eastern side of the U.S.


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